Mountain Stream, John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper, American

Mountain Stream

John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
ca. 1912–14
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
13 11/16 x 21 in. (34.8 x 53.3 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)
Framed (standard exhibition frame): 24 1/2 × 30 1/2 × 1 1/8 in. (62.2 × 77.5 × 2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
"Mountain Stream" is one of Sargent's most dazzling images based on the theme of flowing water. This exhibition watercolor, which the artist sold to the Metropolitan, differs from his many anonymous views of streams in its inclusion of a bather, which suggests a specific time and place. However, its precise setting cannot be identified; in the early 1910s, when this watercolor was probably made, Sargent painted in the Alps of France, Italy and Austria.
Signature: [at lower right]: John S. Sargent

Inscription: [on verso at center right]: 1004
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950